Turkey smothered in gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and football – I know what I’m thankful for in 2018. However, what everyone doesn’t think about is getting the best thanksgiving beers to go with the delicious occasion. Holly and I went on a mission to find tasty LOCAL beverages that you should bring home this weekend.
These drinks are all available at Belmont Station and other various bottle shops across Oregon.
Kölsch – Occidental Brewing Co.
4.5% ABV (3.75)
This is Occidental’s homage to the delicious ale of Cologne, Germany. Crisp and dry, it is clean and lager-like, with a pleasant, slightly spicy hop profile supplied by German Perle. Very “sessionable.”
Holly’s notes: This is a great beer to pair with a rich meal. You won’t feel full going into dessert.
Liam’s Thanksgiving pairing: This beer being so crisp and dry makes it a great light beer to have with the heaviest portion of your Thanksgiving binge. Your turkey and mashed potatoes will go down nicely with this beverage.
Pumpkin Pedaler – StormBreaker Brewing
7.3% ABV 12 IBU (3.75)
The Pumpkin Pedaler rides into Portland with warming aromas of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Perfectly balanced flavors of pumpkin and spice with hints of maple sweetness lend way to a creamy mouth feel. With a bright orange color and a thick white foam head this autumn treat is like pumpkin pie in a glass. Just get out of his way if you see him coming.
Holly’s notes: Great standard pumpkin beer! I know this style isn’t for everyone, but it’s Thanksgiving. Indulge a little.
Liam’s Thanksgiving pairing: From pumpkin carving to pumpkin pie, this spooky beer makes a great addition to your holiday weekend. The creamy pumpkin flavor and slightly bitter taste will pair well with your pumpkin pie.
Pils – Heater Allen Brewing
5% ABV 38 IBU (4)
This is our take of the renowned Bohemian-style pale lager that you might find in Bavaria or the Czech Republic. Ours is a little more golden, rounder, and a little more malt driven than many other versions. The beer possesses strong hop character that is balanced by its rich, round, malty palate. Refreshing and balanced, this beer is a favorite of our winery friends during harvest.
Holly’s notes: Another great beer to go with a rich meal, this Pilsner will help you survive Thanksgiving, and keep you from passing out too soon.
Liam’s Thanksgiving pairing: If you’re beginning the Thanksgiving feast with something like a cheese or charcuterie board, look no further than the Pils. The warm malty flavor combined with it’s bitterness will provide a lovely contrast to start your day.
🍏 Clyde’s Dry – Bauman’s Cider Company
6.9% ABV (4)
My Grandpa Clyde was born in 1921, on the farm where he would live his entire 92 years. Clyde’s Dry cider is my tribute to his life and his love of the farm. It is a blend of more than twenty varietals, including sweets and sharps grown on the family farm and loved by Grandpa, farming until his very last days. It has a decent amount of tannic character from the blend and the addition of some locally-picked Manchurian Crab apples.
Holly’s notes: If beer isn’t your bag, this cider will be your best friend during Thanksgiving. It’s light and a little dry. Try it with food or enjoy after the big meal for a tasty dessert.
Liam’s Thanksgiving pairing: Increase your Thanksgiving fruit intake to more than just the cranberry on your turkey. Bauman’s offers a fruity and dry cider alternative to go with your appetizers.
Oud Bruin – pFriem Family Brewers
Hood River, Oregon
8.7% ABV 10 IBU (4.5 – guestimated)
pFriem’s Foudre barrel aged Oud Bruin is a deep crimson beer featuring aromas of marionberry, apple butter and Cabernet, big notes of raspberry, fig, Sherry and leather with a tart, jammy finish that will make any beer lover tip their hat.
Holly’s notes: I haven’t personally tried this, but after looking over the description it sounded like a perfect beer to end Thanksgiving festivities with. I have no doubt that it’s delicious, as pFriem’s other barrel-aged beers have been fantastic.
Liam’s Thanksgiving pairing: Oud Bruin is a combination of everything delicious in a dessert. Marionberry, fig, and sherry are just a few of the elements that will make this the perfect beer for your apple pie.
Saison Vert – Upright Brewing Company
6.5% ABV 17 IBU (4)
Made with black limes for both a citric and earthy character. The lightly spicy yeast notes and dry finish contrast a creamy wheat base, making it a nuanced yet quaffable brew.
Holly’s notes: Variations of Saison Vert have been some of my favorite beers to come out of Upright. I would personally sip this before the big meal, but I can see how it will pair well with heavy foods.
Liam’s Thanksgiving pairing: The Saison Vert will be a popular one this holiday, as it was also recommended this Thanksgiving by the Oregon Beer Growler. The light spiciness makes a good contrast to your savory main course while the dry finish will not make it overbearing.
(Beer Descriptions in italics are provided from the brewery.)